Workers in the food sector of the economy have called on the federal government to save the sector from extinction as the 10 per cent excise duty placed on carbonated drinks has caused over 5,000 workers to be thrown out of employment in the last eight months.
The workers, under the umbrella of the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) in separate letters to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and the President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, titled, ‘Federal Government Save Our Soul’, stated that food sector is dying because of multiple excise duty /taxation.
According to the union the introduction of the duty has crippled the business from January 2022 till date.
The union recalled that federal government, imposed 10 per cent water taxation on carbonated drinks in food sector last year.
In the letters…
Source: Thisday Newspaper